Is Massachusetts going to look at raising the gasoline tax as part of the clean energy plan? The gas tax in this state is currently below the state average. This move might encourage the purchase of more fuel efficient cars and also the use of mass transit and car pooling. Maybe it's time to revisit this.
I feel strongly that we should be good stewards of our planet and believe climate change poses a grave threat on many levels. You have the opportunity to address the cause of global warming by supporting two bills that seek to put a price on carbon: S.1821 and H.1726. The vast majority of economists believe that carbon pricing is the most efficient and least costly way to shift our state and country to the renewable energy base we desperately need. Please endorse these bills and report them out of committee.
Reduction of CO2 generation by shifting from use of fossil fuels to renewables is essential to reduce the serious impacts of global warming. The Carbon Polution Fee and Rebate legislation under consideration is a win-win measure to encourage this change. It will be of negligible cost to the Commonwealth and shift the burden away form low-income citizens.
I am concerned about climate change because I have seen its direct effects in MA on our economy and well-being through impacts on our growing season, coastline erosion, plus severity and variability of storms. And I am concerned about the continuing use of fossil fuels as our major energy source because of their immediate impact on health and longer-term impact on climate change. Therefore I support a carbon pollution fee and rebate as the preferred way to responsibly manage the risks associated with climate change. This approach is economically efficient, market-friendly, improves accountability, and protects lower income households. It is the favorite approach of most economists and policy analysts who have expertise on policies that can shift our reliance on fossil fuels towards clean energy. I am writing to ask you to take the next step in the history of bold, bipartisan environmental leadership in Massachusetts by supporting this market-based strategy to reduce global warming pollution. I urge you to Incorporate a plan to put a price on carbon emissions into your overall plan to achieve the state’s climate mandates and to publicly support a plan to put a price on carbon emissions.. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Commonwealth and its citizens. Sincerely, Dave Roitman Florence, MA C: 413 535 7173
As you craft policy in the next half of your legislative session, an increase in the use of renewable energy, specifically land-based wind, will require more research. I agree with the report and support the concept that wind should be a major tenet of our energy landscape, but current siting strategies and implementation fail to deliver the most vital of the promised outcomes - ensuring land-based wind energy generation facilities are sited in appropriate locations based on scientifically clear, predictable and protective setback standards
I wanted to bring attention to a feature of the green energy revolution that is consistently under reported, but that is critical to achieve in order to defeat fossil fuels once and for all: electrifying everything. As readers are probably well aware emissions from power plants only make up a fraction of total energy use. In fact, in the state of MA the biggest source of co2 emissions comes from cars not natural gas burnt in peaking stations. Additionally, we also produce lots of co2 through industry, heating & cooling, cooking, gas powered machines, deforestation and tilling soil. While there is a very vocal and much needed push for electric transportation in the form of cars, trucks, buses there is less of a push to ensure that our farmers are using electric tractors, that landscapers are using electric mowers, and that policemen & fisherman are using batteries for their boats, not gas. Furthermore, there is little push in MA for electrifying our heating & cooling, industry and cooking needs. These too can all be achieved, for example, by requiring all new and existing buildings/homes etc. to utilize heat pumps instead of gas fired heaters. We can retrofit buildings to make them more energy efficient and we can substitute our gas fired stoves for induction cooktop stoves. There are others ways in which we can electrify industrial processes and doing so would drastically reduce emissions. So what's the big picture? -By electrifying everything we eliminate sources of not just co2, but air pollution in general. -Eliminating air pollution would not only save lives, prevent respiratory and health problems for residents of the state, but it would help wildlife as well. -Once everything is electrified overall power demand goes down because electricity is FAR more efficient than combustion! -It would create thousands of good jobs. If the state implemented such a massive transition in our energy infrastructure we would create a tremendous amount of employment opportunities for both the state and for private companies. -It is the moral thing to do. We all must do our part to solve climate change and it starts right here in MA, where per capita energy use is higher than many other states.
On the @macleanfuture tour, people across Massachusetts made their desire clear for a cleaner and more environmenta… https://t.co/E5CG5KEeAn
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More renewable energy. RPS increases. Fossil fuel infrastructure halts. Climate adaptation. Carbon pricing. Environ… https://t.co/XdVAcrGXD6
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.@MarcRPacheco We are holding this press conference to let citizens know we heard you, and we will act. #StatesLead… https://t.co/NuTSsQUaRd
.@joeboncore's home of #Winthrop has been hit hard by #climatechange. See more in this video @MarcRPacheco… https://t.co/jrdgGMH21G
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.@joeboncore: “The time to do something is now. My district and so many others saw serious damage this winter. Luck… https://t.co/JHeXcohbZI
.@MarcRPacheco: we heard from constituents that we must promote #EnvironmentalJustice. We must look at burden of po… https://t.co/yaB9NGvtzP
.@MarcRPacheco We heard from citizens that they are concerned about #environmentaljustice https://t.co/1WvdWOIXYb
.@MarcRPacheco: Residents overwhelmingly want to move away from investment in fossil fuels; called for RPS increase… https://t.co/RCcAsrcPXt
.@MarcRPacheco #The citizens of the Commonwealth are far ahead of political leaders...we must put a price on carbon… https://t.co/1jsYBi5kXP
@joeboncore @MA_Senate “The extreme weather events we’ve dealt with over the last few years have educated us on the… https://t.co/jdYGl0fSsj
"The citizens of the Commonwealth are absolutely opposed" to moving in the direction of more gas infrastructure .… https://t.co/lQrT1CO3bP
“The residents of Massachusetts do not want us to be shy about increasing our renewable energy.” #MAcleanfuture https://t.co/NqlooC4rdx
The #MAcleanfuture report launches today! Check out what residents had to say about embracing renewable energy in t… https://t.co/RLpQ4P3KMN
.@MarcRPacheco: Residents asked us to accelerate the #RPS by 3% each year to achieve 50% clean energy by 2030, elim… https://t.co/bgaj2i92Mk
The Massachusetts Senate is releasing a report on #cleanenergy today #mapoli https://t.co/MfANfoQ1wa
You joined us during the #MACleanFuture Tour to discuss the energy issues you care about. Now, we release the Massa… https://t.co/Reem5tt49e
@MarcRPacheco Thank you Senator Pacheco for your leadership on the economics of clean energy!
"As nearby states consider the potential of wind power, they are going big. So must we. That’s how we build a natio… https://t.co/YggB9l3opV
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Back in November, the @MA_Senate passed a bill to establish a Climate Adaptation Management Plan for the *fifth* ti… https://t.co/yYscaxYc2q
1. update what the public utility commission permits or prohibits, so we can get solar microgrids, community renewables, and a bunch more. 2. please send me a copy of the slide show. thanks, tim brainerd
Thanks to @MarcRPacheco & @RepHarrington for joining me in Groton last night to discuss #MAcleanfuture! #mapoli https://t.co/aowG470WAe
@MarcRPacheco @MACleanFuture Love this idea for Taunton
Tom: "I'm involved in the Lowell Sustainability Council. We passed a resolution for 100% renewables. These organiza… https://t.co/H2qQFbmtkc
Tom, @350Mass: "Increase the RPS. Stop additional fossil fuel infrastructure and keep us from footing the bill for… https://t.co/4sCcGGi6qT
Beth: "How do we stop inequality?" A: "Community empowerment, #climatejustice, energy-efficient affordable housing,… https://t.co/iA5oNuyxSz
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Michael: "Protect the enviro, strengthen our economy, promote enviro justice. I support S.1880, your 21st Century C… https://t.co/k0LHA8h2t2
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"The net metering cap needs to be knocked out, and we can't have our citizens on the hook for grid maintenance, mod… https://t.co/oqsN5jp7k7
"The state must make investments in our energy infrastructure if National Grid won't do it."
Cheryl: "I've been trying to go solar for years. My community solar garden is being put on hold. Stop playing with… https://t.co/8uBxW91BeN